Black Mirror's 'San Junipero' honoured at GLAAD Awards

Sarah James
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Black Mirror, Shadowhunters and Transparent have all won big at the 28th GLAAD Awards in Los Angeles.

The GLAAD Media Awards honour media for their the representation of LGBTQ communities in the entertainment world and last night's awards ceremony (April 1) celebrated the most inclusive of US TV and Hollywood.

Black Mirror's uncharacteristically sweet 'San Junipero' episode won the award for Outstanding Individual Episode (in a series without a regular LGBT character) for its touching depiction of the relationship between Yorkie (Mackenzie Davis) and Kelly (Gugu Mbatha-Raw).

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Amazon Prime's Transparent also won Outstanding Comedy Series for the third year running, beating out programmes such as Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Modern Family and Brooklyn Nine-Nine, showing why Amazon bosses chose to commission a fourth series early.

"With the success of shows like this," Transparent crew said upon accepting the award, "we have the opportunity to tell marginalised stories and let us be seen, heard, and humanised."

Other winners included Freeform's Shadowhunters, which took home the award for Outstanding Drama Series, which was accepted by Harry Shum Jr and Matthew Daddario who play the roles making up the fan favourite couple 'Malec'.

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"I play an openly proud bi-sexual warlock and a person of colour that's in a relationship with a recently out gay shadowhunter who hunts demons for a living," Shum Jr said. "I don't think that this combination has ever existed on TV.

"That just shows the progress of telling these unique stories."

Meanwhile, the Academy Award-winning Moonlight won Outstanding Film for a wide release movie, while Other People, starring Jesse Plemons and Molly Shannon, took the award for Outstanding Film for limited release.

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Singer Troye Sivan also took home the Stephen F. Kolzak Award, which is awarded to an openly LGBT member of the entertainment world for their work towards fighting homophobia, while actress Patricia Arquette was honoured with the Vanguard Award, which she accepted on behalf of her late sister, LGBTQ advocate Alexis.

The ceremony also included a moving tribute to the victims of the Orlando nightclub shooting, which took place last year.

Additional awards will be presented at the GLAAD Media Awards event at the New York Hilton on Saturday, May 6.

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